Stony Brook University Office of Research Services

16th Annual Swartz Foundation Mind Brain Lecture

Monday, April 16 – 4:30 pm

Staller Center Main Stage

The Provost’s Office has announced a lecture by John P. Donoghue, Ph.D., as part of the 16th Annual Swartz Foundation Mind Brain Lecture. Professor Donoghue is the Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of Neuroscience and Engineering, and Director of the Institute for Brain Science, at Brown University. He is also a Senior Research Scientist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In this lecture, Donoghue will discuss his research on how the cerebral cortex  computes commands for voluntary movements. His laboratory is translating advances from this fundamental research into a human neural interface system, called BrainGate, which is designed to restore useful functions for people with paralysis. BrainGate physically reconnects the brain to the outside world through a baby aspirin-sized sensor that is implanted into the motor cortex. In the BrainGate pilot clinical trial, persons with long-standing paralysis have used their own neural signals to operate external assistive devices, including computers and robotic limbs.  

The Mind Brain Lecture will be presented on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. on the Staller Center Main Stage. Please save the date, and pass along this information to any students or community members you feel may be interested in this special event. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. For more information on this lecture, please visit


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